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CET Beijing Janterm Chinese Studies Program

April 4, 2023

Janterm study abroad students at CET Beijing are progress-driven learners committed to taking on a challenging five weeks of Chinese language learning. This condensed term abroad offers all the advantages of a full semester—intensive classes, a language pledge, a local roommate—but in a quarter of the time. Janterm can be taken on its own or paired with a spring semester in Greater China.More information on the program can be found here

Intensive Chinese language learning. You study Chinese language for 4.5 hours a day with some of the best teachers in the field. We flood you with new material, but we also make sure language is not taught in isolation. Each week, classes study a particular theme, with an out-of-the-classroom language practicum one of those days. You might study a Chinese Holiday one week and visit the Capital Museum the next. 


Practice makes perfect. An intensive language program isn’t just about fast-paced language classes. It’s about one-on-one sessions with a teacher each day. It’s about interviewing locals for your assignments. It’s about committing to a 24/7 language pledge. This program pulls it all together, and Janterm gives your Chinese the boost it needs to continue on to a spring semester in China or continue your studies back home.

Local Roommates. Your roommate is a CET-picked student from Capital Normal University. Want to grab a bubble tea after class? Need to know how to navigate the transportation system? Sharing a room with a local roommate gives you instant insider’s access to the city. But more importantly, it gives you someone to share the city with. Learn more about living with a local roommate. 

Eating in Beijing. For meals, take your pick of the city’s many cheap eateries, try out each of the campus cafeterias, or cook with your roommate in the dorm’s communal kitchen. And in the capital city, you have access to regional cuisines from all over China. But don’t forget to try some of Beijing’s specialty dishes… Peking duck, anyone? Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Beijing. 

People flock to Beijing to experience the cultural and political capital of China. Historical and cultural sites are everywhere— including 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites—the standard local accent makes it a great place to study language, and the accessible public transportation makes it easy for students to get around. And in a bustling city with a lively calendar of events like Beijing, you’ll never be bored. 

Around the city. Experience the grand, ancient architecture of the Forbidden City from within its walls, then hike up the hill in Jingshan Park for one of the best views in the city. Try ice skating at the Summer Palace. Go see a comedy show in Chinese. Get to know local students over a game of badminton. Every Janterm offers different activities and opportunities to help you discover the bustling city of Beijing. 


  • Janterm
  • Arrival: 12/29/2023
  • Departure: 01/28/2024
  • Recommended Credits: 5
  • Fee: $4,990
  • Application Deadline: October 1


  • •  Pre-requisites: None. Open to students of any Chinese level, including absolute beginners
  • • Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation.
  • • Open to students from any US college or university
  • • GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
  • • Open to all levels of Chinese, from absolute beginner to advanced

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